No courtesy

Does anybody else notice that "please," "thank you," "hello," "good-bye," "good morning," "good night" are now rare occurrences? The more time people spend on computers, the less they are likely to extend a courtesy. It's just wrong. Frog's take: You're right. GN.

Remember the dogs

Remember to bring dogs in when it gets too cold. They like affection and warmth, too. It's not nice to let them sit outside 24 hours a day attached to a tree. They like to run, and mine likes a blanket.

County raises

Way to go, Commissioner Clausi. You're really fair to your employees. Five percent for the ones that you take care of and 2.5 percent for the rest. Frog's take: They should all be happy with those raises in these times.

Preventing fires

Since it is house fire season, let's get a few things straight: No. 1, the first of the year, please change your smoke detector batteries. No. 2, keep space heaters an appropriate distance away from anything that will burn. No. 3, never fill your kerosene heater while it's inside your house or when it's on. No. 4, have a safe new year, because I don't want my friends to have to come rescue you.

Free shoveling

I wanted to call in and tell you that a very nice boy yesterday cleaned off my walk and steps. I was very pleased, because we are older people. He wouldn't even take any money. I even had the money in my hand, but he would not take it. We have a lot of wonderful children in our town yet. You can't condemn everybody. Happy New Year.

It takes two

I'm calling in regards to the person who says we should be blaming the Democratic Senate and president for not getting anything done and not the Republican party or the NRA. Well, I've got news for you. It takes both houses to pass something, so this Tea Party group is what is causing 90 percent of the problem because Boehner can't get them to go along with him, even though he's leadership.

Signed, anonymous

All the people who call into Sound Off seem to know everything, yet they don't have enough guts to write a letter to the editor and put their name to it. You'll say I'm doing the same thing, but the only reason I'm doing it is that it's the quickest way to get it in. By the time your letter gets in to respond to someone, they've long forgotten the original letter. Frog's take: You've confused me, Mr. Anonymous.

Financial review

In January 2007, the Dow Jones closed at 12,621, the GDP was 3.5 percent, unemployment was 4.6 percent and George Bush's economic policy set a record of 52 straight months of job growth. Then the Democrats took over the House and Senate. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was their fault.

Poor governor

The editorial staff of your newspaper never fails to pound Gov. Corbett on practically any issue, the latest of which is alleged ethical violations. Yet when Gov. Rendell was doing the same things, your paper was strangely silent.